Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
226 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
329 Tips
Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
226 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
329 Tips
Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
226 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
329 Tips

David Neuner @david_neuner

@RedPenKaitlyn Thank you do much for taking the time to do an ask agent session.

Could you share your thoughts on New Adult fiction and where you feel stories about the college experience should be marketed?
Replying to @david_neuner

I WISH NA was a thing, but many agents/editors shy away from that term. Often, we now say YA w/ adult crossover potential or vice versa. College stories depend on theme, if they deal more with younger themes or more adult ones #askagent

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
226 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
329 Tips
Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
226 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
329 Tips

Charles Petrie @october_fish

@RedPenKaitlyn @JazdzewskiTara What's the thinking on an opening line that begins with a cuss word?

And

how important are beginnings to any length of story?
Replying to @october_fish

If it makes sense to the story/character, I don't have a problem with it. Depends on the agent, I'd assume.

Beginnings are the most edited spots! That being said, if the voice/situation/action isn't engaging or doesn't make sense to overall plot? You might get a pass. #askagent

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
226 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
329 Tips

Savannah Cash @cavalierbasil

@RedPenKaitlyn If you have a series, and you've already written several of the books already, and you've fully plotted out the rest, should you mention this in any way in a query?
Replying to @cavalierbasil

If the first depends on the others, meaning it can't technically stand alone, I would say it's the first in an intended series. You don't need to mention the sequels and whatnot unless the agent wants to chat further about the story #askagent

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
226 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
329 Tips

coffeehousescribbler ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช @coffeehousescr1

@RedPenKaitlyn Specific genres you prefer?
Replying to @coffeehousescr1

I absolutely love fantasy, contemporary, contemporary romance (and paranormal romance and general), historical, MG horror. Those are my big loves =] #askagent

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
226 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
329 Tips

Jessie Knutson @JesKnutson

@RedPenKaitlyn @dmniccoli They donโ€™t age in the story. The story centers on family so I have multiple POVs with mature voices, but the agent wouldnโ€™t see that in the opening pages.
Replying to @JesKnutson

Hm, are some of the POVs older than 18/19? If so, I would state your story contains multiple POVs of varying age ranges. That will clue the agent into the potential reasoning for labeling it adult. #askagent

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
226 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
329 Tips
Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
226 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
329 Tips
Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
226 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
329 Tips

Jessica Corra @jessicacorra

@RedPenKaitlyn How do I get an agency internship or assistantship? Are there things I should be looking to add to my CV? #askagent
Replying to @jessicacorra

Many agencies post their openings. Search Publisher's Marketplace job boards, agency websites, sometimes BookJobs.com! For CV, that's tough. Even if you're fresh, a love of lit or maybe a past in it somehow (degree? volunteering? library frequenting? lol) #askagent

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
226 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
329 Tips

A Pearce @A_Pearce_author

@RedPenKaitlyn Hi! Is it sometimes ok to go a bit over the 1-2 page synopsis length most agents ask for? I write fantasy and find it super hard to sum up 100k+ words and world building in 2 pages ๐Ÿ˜ฌ thanks!!
Replying to @A_Pearce_author

It's best to stick to submission guidelines and not try to "fudge" things. If it's super hard to condense, get readers or an editor to really help cut and focus your synopsis #askagent (trust me, I edit synopses. It's possible for Fantasy)

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
226 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
329 Tips

Corinne Morier (she/her) @cmauthor

@RedPenKaitlyn @editorrascon Anything in YA you're loving lately/wanting to see in your inbox?
Replying to @cmauthor

I know the rumors, but I'm still loving fantasy w/ diverse POVs and paranormal/horror with more unknown, non-Western legends. Also Contemporary w/ characters involved in more than school or their parents' business/drama (though I've been proven wrong there before lol) #askagent

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
226 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
329 Tips

Miki Hua โœจ @mikihuawrites

@RedPenKaitlyn Thanks for doing this! Do you recommend putting Twitter handles in the signature of emailed queries? Does the size of an author's online platform(s) effect an agent's decision on the project?
Replying to @mikihuawrites

Yes! It's great to help agents do their hw and find who you are and if you'll mesh (and to make sure, you know, you aren't a jerk to others online lol).

Platform doesn't matter for fiction as much as nonfiction. We can always work on that. #askagent

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
226 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
329 Tips

coffeehousescribbler ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช @coffeehousescr1

@RedPenKaitlyn What one thing do prospective clients do routinely that turn Agents away from them?? #askanagent
Replying to @coffeehousescr1

Claim they are better than any book you've ever seen. Ignore submission guidelines. Polish/edit first half of story and it falls apart in later half. Act terribly toward others on social media.

Wait, you asked for one thing? ๐Ÿ˜‚ #askagent

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
226 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
329 Tips
Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
226 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
329 Tips

๐Ÿ”Mandy #amquerying ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿฆ… @DMandzz

@RedPenKaitlyn Would an agent want to know (like in a query) if you plan to or have had sensitivity reads? Saving up takes a long time lol.
Replying to @DMandzz

Not necessarily. If they love the story, they should be doing their hw and making sure they ask you those questions. Often, though, we do hope you've already had sensitivity readers if necessary to the story #askagent

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
226 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
329 Tips

Lily Mehallick @LilyMehallick

@RedPenKaitlyn If you have a full ms out to editors, how long should you wait to nudge if they donโ€™t say their response time?
Replying to @LilyMehallick

I always say 3 months. Gives us time to get through submissions, handle client manuscripts, contracts, and whatnot. Definitely ok with a check in at 3 months (for both agents & editors). #askagent

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
226 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
329 Tips

Stephanie Moulton @stephamoulton

@RedPenKaitlyn Ooh, thanks for doing this!

What is your best tip (or two) for writing a really good query letter?

Thank you!
Replying to @stephamoulton

Give me the three C's - character, conflict, and consequences. I want to know who is the focus, what challenges them/stands in their way, and what is at risk if they fail/succeed in their goal. Often, your hook will go hand in hand with those details! #askagent